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St. Clair Village prepares for disasters

 

April 7, 2009



Over the past year, the Minority Emergency Preparedness Task Force (MEPTF), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, has brought awareness to the residents of St. Clair Village in disaster preparedness.

During Public Health Week, (April 6-12), Task Force members, collaborating with the American Red Cross, will sponsor Basic First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Preparedness Training for St. Clair Village residents, and a group - who will be known as the St. Clair Village Disaster Response Team – will emerge from those trainings. These events will be held at the Frankie Mae Jeter Community Center, 930 Creswell Street, St. Clair Village Training sessions on April 8 include the American Red Cross “Promise to Prepare”and PA Department of Health - CPR Training. On April 4 the Red Cross also held a training session on First Aid.

Also during this week, a survey on violence will be distributed to residents to obtain their input on decreasing the violence in St. Clair Village, which they reported was their major concern.

The Minority Emergency Preparedness Task Force, a project of the regional Pennsylvania Preparedness Leadership Institute, had it's inception in April, 2008, and consists of county government emergency personnel; health care providers; human services providers; cultural and ethnic groups; faith-based groups; and law enforcement. The group will celebrate its 1st Anniversary during Public Health Week.

The purpose of the Minority Emergency Preparedness Task Force is to advocate for specific emergency preparedness needs of the racially disparate communities through coordinated assessment, mitigation and recovery initiatives.

Objectives include:

Identify individuals in St. Clair Village housing community who are at risk for inadequate emergency services in the event of a disaster

Assess the level of readiness and barriers in St. Clair Village

Leverage the key persons who interact and serve the vulnerable populations in the community to advocate, educate and evaluate emergency preparedness from readiness through recovery, in the event of a disaster.

 

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